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Do We Need an FDA to Protect Our Data? (commentary)

Do We Need an FDA to Protect Our Data? (commentary)

There’s a government agency you may have heard of, the Food and Drug Administration, that’s charged with ensuring that the food and drugs you put in your body are safe to ingest. In general, most of us think the FDA isn’t just a good idea, but an absolute necessity in a rough and tumble commercial market with too many opportunities for misrepresentation, fraud, and life-threatening criminal activity.

Meanwhile, in cyberspace, the applications and services that make use of your data have no such regulatory agency overseeing their activities, despite being a rough and tumble commercial market with too many opportunities for misrepresentation, fraud, and life-threatening criminal activity.

So, in case you haven’t figured out where this is all leading, I pose the following question: is it time for a regulatory regime that makes sure that the myriad online uses for private data – from credit cards numbers to genealogies to our LinkedIn or Facebook profiles – are actually designed to ensure the safety of that data and us, the nominal owners of those data?

Source – Joshua Greenbaum, Datamation

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